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Karlovacko - Karlovaċka Pivovara

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BA SCORE
71
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278 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karlovaċka Pivovara visit their website
Croatia (Hrvatska)

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-09-2002)
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Drew966

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Karlovacko pours a light orange color with a fluffy white head from a brown 500 ml bottle. Smells better than I expected, but much like a typical macro lager. Taste is malty, and also metallic. Not much to recommend it. You would be better off spending your money elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 23:04:38 | More by Drew966
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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured out a golden, yellow color. Lots of bubbles and very little head. It smelled a bit like corn and a little like hops. The corn flavor came through while drinking it, but there was no real overpowering flavor. The mouthfeel was good. It was pretty light so I'd say it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 03:59:58 | More by zeff80
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pour: 330ml bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Pours a pale orange, color of dark urine. White head hardly develops at all and leaves almost no trace of lacings.

Nose: Apple juice and white grapes. A little too sweet to seem inviting.

Mouth: It enters sweet and a bit chewy and follows with a bitter swallow. I like the high carbonation (do I see a trend here) but there's absolutely no depth to the flavor. The beer is completely gone from the mouth no more than 5 seconds after being swallowed - except for a nasty metallic aftertaste that doesn't seem like it should be coming from a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 19:12:10 | More by clickpush
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acrawf6

Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out the 11.15oz bottle a dark straw/light golden with a foamy white head.

Smell. light maltiness and sweet. little mild lemon candy fruitiness to it to as well.

Taste. dry maltiness, small cardboard taste to it. also has an off flavored sourness to it. not a good taste at all. aftertaste isnt good either, like finishing a cheap american macro lager.

Mouthfeel. decent carbonation. bad balance and just overall not that good of a mouthfeel.

Overall not one i like at all. wasnt even an average lager, muchless a pils. Pass this on up.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:26:24 | More by acrawf6
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle.

Poured a copper, slightly golden amber hue, very odd for any pilsner I've ever had. Some sparse lacing for a pilsner. The first smell to the old nostrils was bananas then cloves. But the aroma eventually went to a tainted water malt with a hint of copper pipe. Flavor was like a weizen, not at all like a pilsner. Lots of cloves with some tropicla flavors that I couldn't describe. But the vacation in my mouth quickly went sour. Well, more like metallic just like the smell. This was just a hint of metal though, not overpowering.
But the metaalic did affect the mouthfeel of this brew. The carbonation was not up to par for my pilsners. Not as crisp or refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:21:08 | More by scruffwhor
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a smattering of lace. Grainy malt aroma with a bit of floral/spicy hops. Mild bitterness, balanced to the sweet side, with a hint of floral and citrus hops. Not much of a finish. Light bodied and dry. Thirst quenching and average.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 01:25:20 | More by DrJay
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Citadel82

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ho hum euro lager from a part of the country formerly known as Yugoslavia. Pours pale straw with a short-lived white head. Little discernable aroma apart from some adjunct graininess and a faint floral note or two. Taste is not very pronounced. Not offensive just light and sweet. Little body and no finish to speak of. Might do well if served on a hot day as a quencher before you drink something nicer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 02:38:51 | More by Citadel82
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your average european lager, bright yellow. Smell is alright, some hops, no skunk, which is a bonus. Taste is surprisingly good, clean and refreshing, Not overly sweet, and not overly bitter. This is well carbonated but overdone which makes the mouthfeel pretty unoffensive. This beer is a great Macro-Alternative and makes for a good BBQ beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 22:33:20 | More by funkengruven
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Beer I tried from the Balkins. When I saw this at the store the other day, I picked it up almost immediatly.

The reasoning behind my average score is because this is a very average beer. Not bad but not to great. This is a very light tasting beer, almost watery and heavily carbonated. There is a small hint of malt. Apperance and smell wise, meh. It looks like your average popular beer, not as exotic as expected.

Prehaps this beer tastes better on tap in Croatia, but the kind imported was only a bit different from dollar beers such as Carling.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 20:32:47 | More by CrazyMike
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goschool

California

2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is pale gold with a head that starts out appropriately large, but disappears altogether. The nose is grassy hops, muted as they might be. This straddles the fence between a European-macro lager and a Czech pilsner. It's got crisp, grassy saaz hops, a bit of malt, and a hint of herbs- there's just not much of any of it. The mouthfeel is average, so is drinkability. This stuff is a little bit better then a novelty beer from an exotic eastern European country although it's nothing exciting.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 09:17:02 | More by goschool
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a brown 500ml bottle. No best by date, but the bottle said 5.4% alc./vol.

Beer poured a brilliant pale/straw gold with a small white head that turns to lace.

Aroma is very slight...hard to catch any, really. I'll call it a very mild malt aroma...maybe some corn?

Flavor is light...not a whole not interesting going on here. No off flavors, either. A very clean beer.

Everything about this beer is on the light side....Nothing wrong with this beer, but certainly nothing exciting about it, either. Very easy to drink, but so is water.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 03:13:55 | More by ncbrewerbun
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift from a freind of mine who hails from Kosovo,pours a medium clear golden with a thinner white head on top.Pretty highly carbonated,aroas are quite sweet and very fruity wich suprised me quite a bit but its pleasant.A little thin in body not quite watery but thin,nothing really stands out flavor wise except for a fruity finish it just seems to go down with not much flavor till a burst of fruit hits in the finish and aftertaste.Well Iam glad I got a chance to try this Croatian brew that goes down easly but with no frills.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 01:57:28 | More by oberon
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium clear gold color, head is fully, creamy, and about 1/2" on the pour. A couple bubbles wander towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Light malt, but it is a weird, overcooked smell, and a light soapy presence.

Taste: Not too good, has a stale taste to it, but not too bad. Lighty maltiness, fairly crisp, not very hoppy, though.

Drinkability: So many beers are like this, why pick this one? Maybe if you want to check Croatia off of your "Countries of Beer Origin" list.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 00:33:05 | More by TastyTaste
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Redrover

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

The beer pours a bright gold with a soapy loose but voluminous head.

The beer smells slightly spicy (Saz hops?) with a bit of grass. No off aromas at all.

The taste is fresh and clean. A bit of floral hop flavor with some underlying pepper. A bit of grainy goodness emerges about 1/3 of the way through.

Beer is a bit under carbonated, but it very smooth. Easy drinker here folks. While not overly complex, this is an enjoyable beer that would go well with a fish fry, fried chicken, a nice salad, heck it will go with anything that is not overly spiced.

This is an enjoyable and well made beer. $1.49 at Sam’s liquors in Downers Grove.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 01:17:54 | More by Redrover
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

selection of beer of the month club. Poured a pale yellow color with bountious white head. Smell is a bit crisp with a not pleasant sweetness. Taste is very light with crisp malts. Finish is dry and refreshing. Nothing extraordinary. Average beer at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 19:12:37 | More by tgbljb
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mynie

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour. Deep red with a good haze and very nice head. Looks like a good APA.

Smells like caramel and overripe fruit. Maybe a little bit old, but still nice. It gets sweeter as it warms up.

Tastes like caramel and apricots. Caramel upfront, fruity in the back, ending on a dry citrus note that lingers on the tongue. The hops are few and far between, but what are there are good.

Pretty tasty, solid Czech pilsner. Probably be better fresh, but what am I going to do?

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 05:04:29 | More by mynie
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow with a full white head, nice active carbonation, and some sporadic lace. Grassy herbal hops dominate aroma with a touch of grainyness underneath. Balanced grain and hop flavors. Light bodied but not watery; fairly smooth and not overly bitter or dry.

Better than your average macro for sure but not quite up to the better Czech Pilsners...

Per label: "Est. 1854" & 5.4% ABV

(11.15 oz. / 330 ml)

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 18:25:11 | More by RBorsato
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a decent head that drops to a film fairly quickly.
Smell is good and nicely balanced with malt, hops and a hint of honey.
Taste is just malt and hops (balanced well) but quite watery. If the taste had only followed up what the nose was promised...
Mouthfeel: carbonation is good, not overdone like a megabrew, a smooth, clean finish and medium body.
Drinkability: A decent year-round lager, not one to restrict to being just a summer-only thirst quencher.

One addendum: The label on my bottle says 5.4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:37:25 | More by PorterLambic
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color, medium carbonation bubbles rising in the glass. Medium sized white head disapated rather quickly.
Clean aroma, I guess what I mean is it smelled like fresh air, or nothing really.
Basically a crisp, easy going down pilsner. No aftertaste or bitterness. Nothing outstanding about it, one could have a few no problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 01:06:46 | More by hungryghost
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Brent

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite as crisp as other Czech Pilseners I've had, but overall, this was a pleasant and easy to drink beer. Malt had a touch of grassy flavor, with some light grape in the background. A bit light on the hops, but enough to carry through. Finish was on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 13:15:28 | More by Brent
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whynot44

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, clear brassy gold color with a moderate white head.

Aroma is sweet malt with a touch of spicy hops and dried hay.

Taste starts with sweet malt, a hint of fresh biscuits and honey, then a hint of lemon tartness with peppery hops for a dry clean finish. Mild sweet malt comes back in the aftertaste.

Refreshing and very drinkable. should be a good summer cooler.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 06:18:04 | More by whynot44
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Boilermaker88

California

3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a non-descript local liquor store that seems to specialize in a) macro swill, and b) foreign beers from distant lands not well known for their beers. In a momentary frenzy of "wow, wonder what that's like?", I plucked up a bottle of Karlovaċko.
Hmm, looks a lot like a Heineken or some other Euro schwill; clear golden color, modest clots of carbonation and a soapy white head. Not much in the way of a smell, either. A light amount of grainy malts but I had to really work to detect it. This wasn't going all that well.
The taste is where things started coming together. Not exactly bursting with flavor, Karlovaċko still delivered a respectable level of grassy malt flavor and a surprising amount of herbal, vaguely spicy hops taste. The finish had an increasing amount of bitterness that faded out at the right time instead of lingering and morphing into a metallic bite I despise. The feel was a bit watery and slick.
Overall, this finished up on a strong note. While nothing earth-shattering, Karlovaċko had a decent flavor and was an interesting find.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 22:11:30 | More by Boilermaker88
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rich, polished gold bullion. If Czech pilseners are supposed to be some variation on pale amber, this one didn't read the memo. The cotton white cap is clumpy, hugely pitting and sticky and looks great perched atop the liquid gold. Graceful arches of sudsy lace encircle the top of the glass. Why do I feel the appearance will be the highlight of this experience?

The focal point of the nose is tremendously muted Saaz hops. They impart a grassiness that is combined with an untoasted graininess. It's on the musky side, but isn't skunky in the least. There's really nothing of note here, at least nothing very good.

What makes a poor quality Czech pilsener taste all that different from a Euro pale lager? Or an American macro lager for that matter? In other words, I'm not impressed. Karlovacko is woefully hop-deficient, which allows an insipid, adjuncty, mineral-like character to seize control like a slime drenched, atomic blast mutated monster in a B-movie. Okay, maybe that analogy is a bit out there, but does anyone actually read these things?

The body is light and lifeless, completing the picture of an uninspired and an uninspiring beer. I feel an acute attack of extreme boredom threatening to overtake me and may not have the strength to finish this review. This is lousy beer, plain and simple. I still think Karlovacko vs. Godzilla would make a great creature feature.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 23:53:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
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zuker

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being Croatian, I grew up with this beer. A staple at all Croatian soccer games and post game celebrations. Hoppy flavour, with just the right malt undertones. The appearance is nothing to gawk at, but you will be rewarded upon finishing a bottle of this pilsener. Perfectly balanced beer that could be made better by removing some of the carbonation. Otherwise, it is a must try and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 03:36:59 | More by zuker
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Number six in the 10 new bland commie lagers at the LCBO. This one’s pour is a little more on the gold side of pale straw but the same crystal clear fizzy cap vanishing character as most of em. Vague light malt sweetness and some spice and medicinal grassy hops. Same fizzy bland watery mouth feel and mild malt/hop mix....5 of these type of fizzy vapid commercial Slavic lagers is all I can take..quick a porter so I can confirm I still have taste buds!!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 23:08:35 | More by pootz
Karlovacko from Karlovaċka Pivovara
71 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.